Advertisement
The Body: The Complete HIV/AIDS Resource
Follow Us Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter Download Our App
Professionals >> Visit The Body PROThe Body en Espanol
  
  • Email Email
  • Comments Comments
  • Printable Single-Page Print-Friendly
  • Glossary Glossary
  • PDF PDF

San Francisco Adopts Early Treatment

Summer/Fall 2010

This spring, San Francisco became the first U.S. city to adopt a policy of offering antiretroviral treatment to everyone who tests HIV positive, regardless of CD4 cell count. The policy was developed by clinicians with the Positive Health Program at San Francisco General Hospital (SFGH) and also applies to other facilities run by the San Francisco Department of Public Health (SFDPH). But the ultimate decision about starting ART remains with individual patients and their physicians, said outgoing SFDPH director Mitch Katz, who emphasized, "we don't dictate medical practice by policy."

The policy change is supported by a growing body of evidence indicating that early antiretroviral treatment can help prevent a variety of non-AIDS complications -- including cardiovascular disease, neurocognitive impairment and the appearance of faster aging -- that occur before CD4 cell counts fall into the danger zone for

View Full Article


  
  • Email Email
  • Comments Comments
  • Printable Single-Page Print-Friendly
  • Glossary Glossary
  • PDF PDF

Visit San Francisco AIDS Foundation's Web site to find out more about their activities, publications and services.
 
See Also
HIV Medications: When to Start and What to Take -- A Guide From TheBody.com
More on When to Begin HIV Treatment
Advertisement:
Find out how a Walgreens specially trained pharmacist can help you

No comments have been made.
 

Add Your Comment:
(Please note: Your name and comment will be public, and may even show up in
Internet search results. Be careful when providing personal information! Before
adding your comment, please read TheBody.com's Comment Policy.)

Your Name:


Your Location:

(ex: San Francisco, CA)

Your Comment:

Characters remaining:

Tools
 

Advertisement